5 February 2018, London – On 1 February, an Associated Press (AP) investigation revealed evidence of five mass graves near the village of Gu Dar Pyin in Myanmar’s Rakhine State. Witness testimonies by Rohingya survivors indicate that the Myanmar’s military and Rakhine militias launched a mass attack against Rohingya villagers on 27 August 2017. Cell phone footage collected by AP shows corpses in the mass graves surrounded by acid.
“This news should shock the conscience" said BHRN’s Executive Director Kyaw Win. “These mass graves are part of a mounting body of evidence that the Myanmar military systematically attacked innocent Rohingya men, women and children. Soldiers were spotted buying acid two days ahead of the attack. The military clearly planned these massacres and took premediated steps to destroy the evidence.